WILKES-BARRE — Lorenzo Burgos Jr., the Plymouth man accused in a fatal Plymouth road-rage case last summer, entered a not-guilty plea Thursday upon arraignment in Luzerne County Court.
State police at Wyoming and Plymouth police allege, Burgos, 22, of Third Street, struck Fred John Kleman Jr. on Aug. 14, throwing him into a parked vehicle, causing fatal head injuries.
Burgos has said he accelerated his vehicle, intending to come to a quick stop to intimidate Kleman who yelled at him for speeding on Nottingham Street in Plymouth.
Last month, District Judge Donald Whittaker forwarded an open count of criminal homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving to county court.
Burgos was initially charged on Aug. 15 with vehicular homicide, but assistant district attorneys Alexis Falvello and Brian Coleman filed the more serious criminal homicide charge on Nov. 15, when an inspection of Burgos’ vehicle showed it had operable brakes. The only defect on Burgos’ vehicle were two bald front tires.
A witness previously said Burgos got out holding a metal object saying, “Where the (expletive) is he; I’m going to kill him.”
Burgos appeared Thursday before County judge Tina Polachek Gartley, and was subsequently remanded back into custody. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 13.